I spent some time reading through the posts that were linked up from the Wednesday before Christmas. It was difficult to get back into the swing of life after hearing about the tragedy that occurred in Sandy Hook.
One post stuck out to me more than any other from that week.
4 Ways God Works Tragic Events to Good by Brooke over at Rivers of Water.
She included this:
Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy; they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house”.
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring,
Those children all flew into the arms of their King…
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had,
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below…
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe…
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!
“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back this nation. I’m taking back the schools!
“Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now my children let me show you around.
“Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran…
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
In the midst of this darkness, “I am still the Light.”
If you are like me, you are wiping your eyes thinking about those beautiful babies. I had a difficult time not thinking about the parents that had to celebrate Christmas without their babies.
All of the emotion aside, I love how Brooke pulled herself together enough to see the good that comes out of tragedy.
It’s true. There is some good. We can’t just focus on the tragedy. If we did, we’d probably never get out of bed. Head over there and check out the points she makes.
Thank you Brooke for reminding us that there is a little good we can still see.
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